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Mississippi Highway Patrol stretched thin on manpower and patrol cars

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LAMAR COUNTY, MS (WDAM) -

The Mississippi Highway Patrol is at its lowest in history when it comes to manpower and patrol cars.

During Lamar County Sheriff Danny Rigel's law enforcement luncheon on Sunday, MHP Commissioner Albert Santa Cruz spoke on how they are stretched thin.

Currently there are 512 troopers in the entire state, which is 138 less than what the Mississippi Highway Patrol is allotted. With fewer troopers, Santa Cruz says a patrol school would definitely increase its manpower.

The Mississippi Highway Patrol is not only suffering with fewer troopers, but also with patrol cars. Over half of the MHP cars have more than 100,000 miles on them, and the commissioner says it’s so bad that they might have to start putting two men to a car. 

“We are not going to let the people of Mississippi down,” said Santa Cruz. “We're out there just like we've always been, we're just a little thinner and troopers are having to do more, but they're doing it. “We're not cutting our enforcement down, we're going to stay there till the last car.”

MHP is currently working with the governor and lieutenant governor to get new patrol cars. They hope they can get a patrol school this upcoming session.

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